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Law's ascent to career peak
Jude Law
Law has gone from daytime soap actor to Hollywood heart-throb
British actor Jude Law has enjoyed a colourful and varied career incorporating stage, cinema and even daytime soaps.

Until recently, Law, 32, was considered a rarity in the Hollywood set - a happily married man and with an eye for choosing roles that would get him noticed.

The London-born actor realised he wanted to act from an early age, enrolling in part-time theatre school when he was 12.

His first role aged 17 was in the experimental daytime soap Families, which was set in the UK and Australia.

After a year he went into theatre, appearing in a number of productions including Pygmalion and Death of a Salesman.

The budding actor was nominated for an outstanding newcomer Olivier Award for his performance in Les Parents Terrible and a Tony Award when he reprised the role for Broadway, where the show was renamed Indiscretions.

Jude Law
Law can now mix comfortably with royalty and A-list actresses
By now he was beginning his ascent to big-screen recognition, winning plaudits for his turn as Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas in the biopic Wilde, starring Stephen Fry.

Wage rise

Though his CV was ever-growing, with films such as Gattaca and Existenz, it was his performance as the upper-class Dicky Greenleaf in The Talented Mr Ripley that brought him to mainstream attention.

He received his first Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor, but was beaten by Sir Michael Caine for The Cider House Rules.

Other notable films in Law's repertoire include Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition and Steven Spielberg's AI.

In between he found time to set up a production company, Natural Nylon, with pal Ewan McGregor, which produced the film Existenz. Both McGregor and Law have since quit the company and worked on bigger projects.

But as his Hollywood star rose, his private life began to crumble.

Jude Law and Sadie Frost
Jude Law and Sadie Frost have three children together
He married Sadie Frost in 1997 and had three children together, but the relationship broke down in 2003, prompting a media frenzy.

The couple finally divorced at the end of 2003, and Law is now in a relationship with actress Sienna Miller.

Law has seven movies either in pre-production or post-production, including Tulip Fever, The Aviator - in which he plays Errol Flynn, and the remake of Alfie, which originally starred Sir Michael Caine.

With his name attached to so many films there will be no escaping Law in the coming years as he is cements his name as one of Britain's biggest exports to Hollywood.



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